Eagles tailoring offense to players after seeing them in person

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The Eagles are installing a new offense this offseason after hiring head coach Nick Sirianni and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and both men came to Philadelphia with a sense of the kind of scheme they want to run.

Steichen told reporters at a press conference last week that the offense is going to start with “a strong run game and feed off the play-action and screens” that get set up by success on the ground. The full look of the offense is still taking shape, however, because the coaches are still getting to know just what the players can do.

“I think, when you go into a new situation, new team, you’ve got to find out about your players, you really do,” Steichen said. “I think you go through that process through virtually, but then when you really get them on the grass like we have been the last couple days and see their movements and their skills and see what these guys do well, you want to put them in position to make plays. I think through time, through these next couple weeks and into training camp, that offense is going to be molded, and we’re going to tailor that to these players.”

Given the significance of the quarterback position, it’s likely much of the tailoring will be done around what will make Jalen Hurts successful. Steichen didn’t delve too deep into his thoughts about Hurts, saying that “obviously he brings a good skill set that you can do multiple things with him.” Picking the right ones will be a crucial part of the Eagles’ preparation for 2021.

7 responses to “Eagles tailoring offense to players after seeing them in person

  1. I’d be real patient if I were an Eagles fan. Don’t expect much this year. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, and it doesn’t mean they can’t win a super bowl eventually. I just wouldn’t expect perfection right away.

  2. Nobody’s expecting perfection, especially after last year.

    But hearing coaches say they want to establish the run, and build a system around the skill sets of the players? That’s music to my ears after decades of coaches who privileged the pass and the system, to the detriment of the team.

  3. As a Browns fan hard for me to argue to run sets up bigger things mentality. Living in Chicago for most of my life where they still celebrate 1930s football and lose perennially I am wary of its execution anywhere. Don’t know these guys in Philly and I’ll reserve judgment but it is a passing league and oftentimes a very dynamic one.

  4. So the background is that the Eagles spent 4 draft picks in the last 2 years on WRs, including picks in the last 2 first rounds.

    The coach then says that he believes in a strong running game to set up the pass. Then he says that he needs to see his players to make a decision on what kind of talent he has and tailor his offensive plan.

    This smells like a mess in the offering. It should be entertaining in the least.

  5. @spamstreak:

    – you’re talking about two different coaching staffs as if they’re the same one.

    – after last year, if they hadn’t gone out and gotten a top flight receiver in this year’s draft, you’d’ve killed them for it.

    – using play action to set up the pass isn’t mutually exclusive from designing an offense that emphasizes the skills of the players.

  6. I have a feeling that you are going to see “Strong ground games” making a comeback through the NFL in the next several years. Over the last 15 years, defenses have been geared to stop air attacks. Running backs have become a dime a dozen and great corners are becoming more desired. Once you see multiple teams with 2-3 Running backs getting 4-5ypc, Schemes will change.

  7. Bottomline: you emphasize the running game when you have a terrible QB. And, the Eagles have a terrible QB. They wisely are going to emphasize the running game. See: Ravens, Baltimore for reference.

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